Sometimes life just isn’t fair, is it? We try to deal with the unfairness, like the little truck driver, just a little guy, who had parked his truck at the motorway café and had gone in for lunch. While he was sitting there perched on a stool, three burly motorcyclists came in and began picking on him, grabbed his food away and laughed in his face. The truck driver said nothing, got up, paid for his food and walked out. One of the cyclists laughed to the waitress, “Boy, he sure wasn’t much of a man, was he?” The waitress replied, “No, I guess not. He’s not much of a truck driver, either,” she said pointing out the window. “He just ran over three motorcycles.”
Matthew 20: 1 – 16, is the parable of the workers in the vineyard. You can read it in your Bible.
There’s a play by Timothy Thompson based on this parable in which he depicts two brothers vying for work. John is strong and capable; Philip is just as willing, but has lost a hand in an accident. When the landowner comes, John is taken in the first wave of workers and as he labours in the field he looks up the lane for some sign of Philip. Other workers are brought to the field, but Philip is not among them. John is grateful to have the work, but feels empty knowing that Philip is just as needful as he. Finally, the last group of workers arrive and Philip is among them. John is relieved to know that Philip will get to work at least one hour, but as the drama unfolds and those who came last get paid a full day’s wages, John rejoices, knowing that Philip – his brother – will have the money necessary to feed his family. When it comes his turn to stand before the landowner and receive his pay, instead of complaining as the others, John throws out his hand and says with tears in his eyes, “Thank you, my lord, for what you’ve done for us today!”
God’s justice arises out of a sense of community in which we see the ‘eleventh hour’ workers as our brothers and sisters whose needs are every bit as important as our own. It’s worth remembering that.
Sundays @ 10.3am Calle Sobrija 2248, Camposol D
2nd Songs of Praise
9th Holy Communion
16th Morning Prayer
23rd Holy Communion
30th Harvest Festival (joint service with our German colleagues)